Film Review: Love is a Dog from Hell (2021) by Khavn

What began in “Orphea” the place Khavn turned the Greek delusion on its head by having Orpheus being a girl and Euridice a person, finds its apogee within the Bukowski-loaned “Love is a Canine from Hell”, among the best works of the Filipino’s huge filmography. 

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Starting with various stills and the sound of a voice reciting poetry, the stillness offers its place to the perpetual motion that characterizes the film, beginning with a stay efficiency within the slums of Manila, introducing the protagonist, Orphea, shining throughout the grotesqueness of the surroundings she inhabits. A dialogue in an evening membership about the advantages of slavery quickly offers its place to violence, with the movie progressively turning into a combination of street film and musical, because the the protagonist finds out in regards to the loss of life of her beloved Euridico, however nonetheless insists on looking for him, even when her travels convey her all the way down to hell. 

The juxtaposition of various contextual and cinematic parts continues in the remainder of the film, with Khavn and his DPs, Albert Banzon and Health club Lumbera utilizing 10 totally different cameras (together with Super8) with a view to current a cornucopia of various colours, contrasts, hues and definitions, the chaos that’s “Love is a Canine From Hell”. Photographs that appear to be kaleidoscopic work, footage from a documentary (?) a couple of medical process, Orphea sawing and “taking part in” with a pig’s head, the titles showing in the course of the film, a person who speaks in repeated sounds (Vim Nadera from “Ruined Coronary heart”) whereas the subtitles current his phrases in a form of a translation, frantic laughters, a penis peeing, the slums, area sounds mixed with spacey photographs and colours, and animation by Rox Lee all come collectively in probably the most artfully twisted manner, courtesy of Lawrence S. Ang’s frantic, absurd, however somewhat becoming enhancing. 

The music by Khavn additionally strikes in the identical paths, combining punk, rock, electronica, pop and every part in between, introduced collectively in an amalgam that’s sometimes playful, hopeful, unhappy and scary, in excellent resonance with the general aesthetics of the film. Lilith Stangenberg’s fairy-like voice appears misplaced on various events, however ultimately, and in an uncanny manner, completely is smart, primarily including to the various ambiance of the title.

And speaking about Stangenberg, “Love is a Canine from Hell” is a real triumph for her, as Khavn requested every part from her, and she or he delivered in probably the most spectacular style. Other than singing, dancing, and sawing pigs, Orphea additionally crawls within the mud, vomits, climbs bushes, performs with youngsters in punk haircuts courtesy of Khavn, fakeplays a guitar, walks everywhere in her heels and pink cape, and usually, does all of it, in a very hard-working efficiency that embodies the model of the entire manufacturing completely. 

“Love is a Canine from Hell” isn’t a movie for everyone, as Khavn’s cinema is something however mainstream and even artwork home for that matter. On the identical time, nonetheless, it’s a celebration of letting your (cinematic) creativeness fully unfastened, a triumph of the absurd and the grotesque, and a masterclass on how chaos will be offered artfully on display. 



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